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The Free Land of Gura and Matos

“Not to live kneeling, but to die standing!”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The Leftist Assembly


Gura and Matos

Population729 million

CapitalGura city


The Free Land of Gura and Matos is a huge, genial nation, remarkable for its daily referendums, state-planned economy, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 729 million Gura and Matosians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gura city. The average income tax rate is 78.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Gura and Matosian economy, worth 45.5 trillion Gāmas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Basket Weaving, Arms Manufacturing, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is 62,390 Gāmas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Voting is voluntary, elevator music has been replaced by thrash metal played at maximum volume, 4-year-olds are often found reminiscing about the 'good old days', and on-duty Air Gura and Matos flight attendants are usually seen napping in first class. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gura and Matos's national animal is the Butterfly, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Gura and Matos is ranked 184,387th in the world and 262nd in The Leftist Assembly for Fattest Citizens, with 8.85 Obesity Rate.

Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,212thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 7,669thTop
Nicest Citizens: 12,141stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,495thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,738thMost Inclusive: 13,155thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,588thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,681stHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,245thMost Devout: 17,730thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20,789thMost Income Equality: 20,877thLowest Crime Rates: 21,790thSafest: 22,181stMost Cultured: 22,641stMost Beautiful Environments: 22,917th
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 10th in the regionMost Devout: 16th in the region

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